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    May 19, 2023 at 9:48 am #1120451

    I’m glad you’re at least ok, @TheLadyE! I hope they get your medicines figured out so that you’re on the upswing soon. Until then, glad you’ve got your pups for companionship.

    And yeah, it’d be nice to be the one to get to accept or decline an offer. This job is pretty much what I’ve been telling people I think I’d like to do as my next career move, though I’ve definitely learned the hard way that the grass is not always greener as far as jobs go. The school is highly regarded, but I know that doesn’t automatically make it a great place to work.

    So kind of funny story about this job. Initially I applied and interviewed for a higher level role. I didn’t think I was the right fit and ultimately they agreed, but we all agreed I’m a much better fit for the role I’m now being considered for. They mentioned the start date for the person who did get the higher level role at my last interview. I found the guy on LinkedIn and am aware of who he is, though I do not know him. Over six years ago, when I was last interviewing for jobs, I did the final interview for my current job and another job around the same time. I withdrew my candidacy for the other job because I did not like the person I’d be reporting to, but back then I also kept an eye open on LinkedIn for who did eventually get the role. It’s the same guy! He’s now beat me out twice for a job. LOL! We have very similar educational and work backgrounds, but he has an MBA and I do not. He also has about 15 years of experience on me, so I’m flattered we’re even considered for the same roles. It made the niche of work I’m in feel tiny.

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    May 19, 2023 at 10:53 am #1120453

    Kate, that hair is power hair! It looks great. Hope you feel some relief soon, LadyE.

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    May 19, 2023 at 10:55 am #1120454

    That is funny, Copa, and good for you! You should feel good you’re interviewing for the same level positions.

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    May 19, 2023 at 11:02 am #1120455

    Oh also re: stick straight hair. It’s also not my favorite look — at least not on me! — but it’s often my go-to for work. I think it looks polished and professional. I can get very straight hair with the Revlon brush when I work in smaller sections.

    I’m back to a lob over here, so need to learn how to style hair this length again.

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    May 19, 2023 at 12:15 pm #1120456

    Beach wave looks good on a lob I think, right?

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    May 19, 2023 at 12:24 pm #1120457

    In a 9am meeting today, someone else was like, “your hair looks amazing, I heard about the Dyson.” She had complimented the other woman who has it, on HER hair, and she told her about mine 😭. I definitely did not expect this kind of hype.

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    May 20, 2023 at 2:36 am #1120458

    Sending good vibes on the job, copa!

    Glad you are hanging in there, TheLadyE. Hope you continue to improve ❤️

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    May 20, 2023 at 7:11 am #1120459

    I did not get the job. They said they’re going with someone with more industry experience. And that’s ok. I’m a little disappointed but there were some less-than-ideal parts of that job. Like, the idea of having to get a car to commute three days/week to the south side was not appealing. I’d have still considered the job notwithstanding but at one point in the process they let me in on the salary range and the top end is not much over where I currently sit. Will keep my eyes open for the next thing that excites me!

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    May 20, 2023 at 7:25 am #1120460

    Oh well, there’s a better job for you. Buying a car is a huge expense and big life change, and I’m sure you’d have other priorities to spend a salary increase on, plus to make a move without much of a salary increase at your stage of career there’d have to be a major upside in terms of lifestyle.

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    May 20, 2023 at 7:47 am #1120463

    Yeahh. I mean, I figured if I got an offer, I’d at least consider it, thinking that if I do think a little bit of a career shift is for me, the smaller salary bump might be the price to pay for experience. But meh, it’s fine. I know one person who lives near me and works at a museum near where I’d have been working, and he said the morning commute is usually fine, but the evening commute can be brutal.

    I did at one point talk to another nearby university about a lower level-director role they had open in a similar-ish space. The morning I was supposed to interview with the hiring manager, I got an email saying my salary ask was very high and asking if I’m still interested. Instead of outright telling me what the salary range for that job looked like, I had to ask, which, ok. Anyway, the high end was a little bit below where I am now, so I politely declined to interview. I guess if nothing else, talking to a couple potential employers has made me realize that my pay is competitive for the space I’m in and adjacent industries.

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    May 20, 2023 at 11:01 am #1120465

    With the effing highway down to two lanes going south, I’d absolutely avoid a car commute for the next three years. The local roads are now out of control because people are finding alt routes. I’m legit scared for my life every time I walk now. The husband saw an Amazon driver cussing out a slow walker crossing the street. I’ve seen so many people run stop signs on side streets. Cars backed up for blocks on same side streets. Drivers are so angry.

    Prior to the road closure, there was barely any traffic in my neighborhood, which is one of the reasons I loved living in West Town. If the Casino actually does go into the old Tribune site, I may have to move. I’m praying the state or new mayor undos it.

    With that being said, I’m sorry you didn’t get the offer @copa!

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    May 20, 2023 at 6:24 pm #1120484

    It’s okay! But thank you. I went back and forth on whether I’d have even taken the job had it been offered to me. And I only would’ve considered it had I gotten an offer at the top of the pay range. It’d have been nice to be the decision maker, but in a way, less stress to have that choice taken out of my hands.

    I know someone who works at the Museum of Science & Industry, which is a short drive from where I’d have been working had I gotten/accepted this job. He said that between construction, the Obama library going up, and now Cubs traffic, it’s gotten pretty rough, particularly in the evening. That museum is riiiight off of LSD and he said it can take 15-20 minutes just to get from the parking lot to the entrance. A few weeks ago I was supposed to be at my office by 7:45 to meet coworkers to carpool for a work trip. I asked my bf to drive me figuring it’d be faster. Nope. It took 45 minutes to get from West Lakeview to the Loop. Ugh.

    And oh, another downside of the job would’ve been that you have to pay for a campus parking permit, pay for street parking, or try your luck finding free street parking. So. I am disappointed — I think I just wanted to be the decision maker here! — but it’s easy to rattle off a list of things I’m not sad I won’t have to deal with.

    ETA: Very excited to eventually creep out on LinkedIn who fills this role.

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